First, my apologies for being out of touch. In addition to being all consumed by this kitchen project, we also had the wedding of my husbands little brother and next weekend a party for my mom... more on that next week.
For now I wanted to share how we cut the laminate counter tops for our kitchen renovation. By going with standard Ikea counter tops rather than custom cut ones we were able to save a boat load. Like $300 vs. $900. We even got one quote for $2100. For Laminate!!!
But cutting laminate is a bit tricky, here is what we did.
First, plan to do this outside or in a garage, cutting laminate counter tops is MESSY.
Next, apply masking/painters tape over the good side of the laminate, measure and mark where you want to cut. The tape will help prevent the the laminate from chipping too much. It won't prevent it completely, but it will help a lot.
Then using clamps attach a long level or other straight edge to the counter tops so that you have a guide to cut against. And then cut the counter tops using a circular saw. Another tip to prevent chipping - CUT SLOW. Don't rush it.
The Ikea counter tops come with a strip that you glue on to hid the cut... but that doesn't help with any chipping you've had to the top... but stay with me here.
After you install the counter tops I discovered a great way to hide the chipping, see that light edge there between the stone and the flecked counter top?
Well, just take a sharpie and a paper towel.
Simply color the raw edge with the sharpie, but only about 12 inches at a time:
Bear with me, I know that looks awful, why would anyone want to do THAT???
Well, here is why... with the marker still wet, rub with the paper towel and the marker will come off the counter top and soak into raw edge.
And here is what you end up with: